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Scaling Smart: How to Grow Your Impact

+Acumen and Bain & Company via NovoEd

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How can my company or organization create impact at scale? This is a question increasingly asked by forward-thinking leaders in the social sector. Yet, while there is growing buzz around the need to scale solutions, there are limited frameworks or practical roadmaps to help social enterprises get there. How do you identify your core strengths and build upon them strategically? How do you grow in diverse and hard-to-reach markets? How do you avoid racing forward in an unfocused, and ultimately self-defeating, way? How do you achieve "good scale" and steer clear of "bad scale"?

Enter the "Repeatable Model.℠". This is a tool that Bain & Company developed after studying hundreds of leading corporations like Nike, Lego and IKEA. In this course, we'll show you how to apply this framework to the social sector to scale your work strategically across villages, regions and countries. Drawing from a report co-produced by Acumen and Bain called "Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale," this course will present practical advice and case studies from the founders and leaders of social ventures like One Acre Fund and Juhudi Kilimo who have successfully implemented repeatable models. By the end of this 2 hour course, you’ll have completed a diagnostic tool for your own enterprise and developed a plan for how to continuously implement your core services as you expand. You'll walk away with a deep appreciation of the link between simple strategy and sustainable growth.


Key Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Define the 4 features of repeatable models & identify them in well-known companies.
  • Map the “core” customers, geographies, and products of at least 3 companies.
  • Score or self-assess your team or company’s own core competencies.


This Course Is For You If:
  • A team member looking to uncover and build upon your team’s network, particularly around a common challenge or goal
  • An individual looking to diagnose the strengths and gaps in your own personal network
  • Anyone who wants to work more collaboratively to tackle the world’s toughest problems


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